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Curveball by Christopher Wright


America’s greatest hero is murdered in his home. A man who was once his enemy, then his friend, then his sidekick receives the hero’s final email, containing a mysterious encrypted file. One organization wants it back before it’s unlocked . . . before anyone else learns the truth.

Old alliances are strained as a century-old conspiracy is discovered, compromising the very men and women who devote their lives to protecting those who cannot protect themselves. New alliances are formed as heroes and villians band together to try to answer two questions that might change the world forever:

Who murdered Liberty?

What is Project Recall?

Note: Curveball contains some harsh language.

An ongoing series, with new episodes monthly

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Listed: Jul 31, 2012

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Punk rock superhero

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Dec 16, 2012: Doesn’t that sound intriguing? You should be reading this.

Actually, instead of reading the first two chapters, you could listen to them in a podcast. I recommend that – Wright has a good reading voice. The debut scene is breathtaking. A man sits in a penthouse apartment, listening to In the Mood over and over. He’s feeling nostalgic. Something is about to happen. He sends an email. Suddenly, assassins attack!

The second chapter is completely different, as we switch to a different character and a different scene, in which a would-be bank-robbing supervillain is rebuked for his cheesy style. At this point the reader is wondering, what will this story be like? Intense and heroic, or goofy and off the wall?

The answer is mostly intense, but the hero is a wisecracking punk rock fan who may appear more off-the-wall than heroic at first. He, gasp, smokes cigarettes like a chimney, or an old-style detective novel "Dick", and as another character points out, that’s not even cool anymore. But don’t get him mad. As the bad guys find out, he’s more than he seems.

After starting off at the end of two divergent branches, the story takes its time getting to, shall we say, the point. The extended setup sometimes seems a bit jumpy from episode to episode, but it’s all good. Curveball takes place in an America just like the present day, except there are superpowers. There are also politics, and corruption, and conspiracy, and therein lies the tale.

A strong contribution to the superpowers genre, with a different sort of hero.

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Superhero Mystery

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Dec 24, 2013: From the beginning of this story, I liked how the author not only throws the reader into the deep end, action and story-wise, but I also liked the way he mixes a fairly straightforward superhero-type story with a more traditional mystery. As the story really begins, the protagonist, Curveball, is drawn back into the superhuman circles he used to frequent through the killing of one of his former comrades. The mystery centers around the fact that the man is so well-liked, both among heroes and villains alike, that no one [more . . .]

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